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The Obama Spending Past and Future


Wednesday February 10th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:51am PST   •   0 Comments

President Barack Obama released his final budget proposal for the U.S. government yesterday. We thought it might be fun to visualize the proposed spending in all his previous budget proposals, from his first to this last one, adjusting each for inflation so that they’re expressed in terms of constant 2009 U.S. dollars – the...
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Government Give and Take is Mostly One-Way


Tuesday February 9th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:01am PST   •   0 Comments

Contrary to what many politicians seem to believe, government makes mistakes. For example, as the intrepid Jon Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee notes, the state of California recently overpaid some 20,000 employees. The overpayments amount to $37 to $101 per employee and, overall, about 5 percent of all state paychecks in a single month....
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Pillage People Pick Off Professionals’ Pay


Monday February 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:18am PST   •   0 Comments

The Denver Broncos took the game 24-10 but the real winners of Super Bowl 50 were California’s pillage people. This is due to the state’s “jock tax” on players and coaches for their “duty days” in the state. As Matthew Artz notes in the San Jose Mercury News, California’s jock tax is highest in...
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Dealing in Bad Faith


Monday February 8th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:00am PST   •   0 Comments

Watching U.S. territory Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is a lot like watching a train derail from its tracks in slow motion. Except with one important difference – it’s a train wreck where the locomotive operators’ best idea for dealing with it involves making it worse by setting the crashing train on fire. With that...
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The VA’s Institutionalization of Corruption Deepens


Saturday February 6th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 2:33pm PST   •   0 Comments

When we last looked at the ongoing ethical saga of Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens, the two executives at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) who abused their power to displace lower ranking employees from their jobs so they could take them for themselves, complete with big relocation bonuses and...
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California Still High on Taxes


Wednesday February 3rd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:19am PST   •   0 Comments

With all this excitement over national elections, taxpayers may have lost count of how much their state government is taking from them. Fortunately, veteran Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters has been keeping track. By his count, “California’s state and local governments hit us with about $250 billion in taxes every year, $6,000-plus per Californian.”...
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Obama Administration Manufactured Debt Ceiling Crises?


Monday February 1st, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:02am PST   •   0 Comments

Richard Pollack of the The Daily Caller News Foundation has something of a blockbuster news scoop out today. Here, documents obtained from the New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee would appear to confirm that the Fed was directed by U.S. Treasury Department officials...
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The Institutionalization of Corruption at the VA


Saturday January 30th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:08am PST   •   0 Comments

The ongoing ethical meltdown of the leadership at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs took a new, nasty turn for the worse on Friday, January 29, 2016, as Kimberly Graves, who was “demoted” along with fellow VA executive Diana Rubens after having been found to have abused their power by securing cushy new jobs...
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Government Waste Terrible for Taxpayers


Friday January 29th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:26am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted in 2014, the State Board of Equalization (BOE) headquarters in Sacramento has been dubbed the “Terror Tower,” with good reason. It has been plagued with invasive mold, leaking windows, burst pipes, unreliable elevators, falling glass and traces of toxic substances. Someone was looking the other way when this atrocity was built,...
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The New Household Burden of National Debt


Wednesday January 27th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:54am PST   •   0 Comments

After 7 full years in office, President Barack H. Obama has added an amount equal to $70,612.91 per U.S. household to the U.S. national debt. CNSnews‘ Terence P. Jeffrey does the math to back that figure up: The debt of the federal government increased by $8,314,529,850,339.07 in President Barack Obama’s first seven years in...
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